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2014 Fall Conference Recap

This year’s Annual Fall Conference was held on September 17th at the San Francisco Marriott. We had a great turnout of over 300 attendees from Northern, Central, and Southern California. Our 2014 Chair Tim Runde, MAI, LEED AP and the rest of the Fall Conference Committee did a wonderful job of putting together a fantastic program with a broad array of topics and presenters. At this year’s conference we aligned the sessions into four educational tracks that reflect the concerns commercial and residential appraisers have in 2014: Business Development, Markets and Methods, Real Estate and the Environment, and Developing Special Expertise. Attendees were able to stay in one track or pick and choose.

Our Keynote Speaker this year was Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, the Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA). Ms. Ayerdi-Kaplan gave a very interesting and informative presentation on the Transbay Transit Center Program in San Francisco (Transbay Transformation: Enhancing Real Estate Values Through Transit-Oriented Development) with an appraisal focus with regards to rent premiums in the area, as well as leasing/sale and construction activity.

We were also very fortunate to have special guest J. Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, the 2014 Appraisal Institute National Vice President join us for the day.

Additionally, two of our members were presented with awards at this year’s conference. Dawn Molitor-Gennrich, SRA was awarded the Claudia Carleton Leadership Award. Dawn’s dedication, every year, to the development and instruction of timely appraisal topics and issues truly benefits the greater appraisal community. Congratulations, Dawn! Nicholas Cadigan was presented with the Arlen C. Mills Education Award. Congratulations, Nick! This annual award was established in 2009 to honor Arlen Mills, MAI, SRA, for his many decades of educational service and diverse contributions to the educational betterment of all appraisers.

Following the afternoon sessions, attendees were encouraged to stay and network with their peers at the after-conference social.

Handouts from the breakout sessions are available for download here.

Following are some photos from the conference (click on each photo to enlarge):

Our Fall Conference is the Appraisal Institute’s longest-running and best-attended one-day West Coast real estate appraisal education and networking event. It’s not too early to get ready for 2015…stay tuned for details regarding the 2015 Fall Conference and plan to join us to celebrate our 65th Anniversary Conference!

 

Photos from the recent Silicon Valley “Simply Social” on July 24, 2014

Thanks to Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA of Valbridge Property Advisors for providing some photos from last week’s Silicon Valley “Simply Social” event!

Hulberg Holds Court Reitman Pontificates Enjoying the patio Food and Fellowship

Sharing a Story Catching Up With Old Friends National Directors Meeting-Getting it Done The View Heading Home

 

 

Photos from the Golden Gate Branch Chapter’s “Simply Social” Event

The Golden Gate Branch Chapter recently hosted a joint networking mixer with ASA, CREW and RICS. Members and prospective members of AI, ASA, CREW and RICS enjoyed a networking reception at Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant in San Francisco. Following are a few photos (click on each photo to enlarge) from the recent event!

Photos from Recent Events!

Check out a few photos from some of our recent events…

January 2014 Chapter Meeting

2014 Chapter Leadership

2014 Chapter Leadership

Immediate Past President Brad MacLane, MAI (left) and 2014 Chapter President Kelly Stevens, SRA (right)

Immediate Past President Brad MacLane, MAI (left) and 2014 Chapter President Kelly Stevens, SRA (right)

Newly designated members Robin Schwedhelm, MAI (left); Jeremy Bargy, MAI (center); and Gregory Addington, MAI (right)

Newly designated members Robin Schwedhelm, MAI (left); Jeremy Bargy, MAI (center); and Gregory Addington, MAI (right)

Silicon Valley Branch February “Simply Social”

Ryan Olfert (left), Jacob Antillon (center), and Chapter Secretary, Gene Williams, MAI (right)

Ryan Olfert (left), Jacob Antillon (center), and Chapter Secretary, Gene Williams, MAI (right)

SVBC Chair, Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA (left), congratulating  newly designated member Howard Shim, MAI (right)

SVBC Chair, Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA (left), congratulating newly designated member Howard Shim, MAI (right)

Candidates' Guidance Chair, Melissa Bach, MAI (left) and Leanne Augusto (right)

Candidates’ Guidance Chair, Melissa Bach, MAI (left) and Leanne Augusto (right)

Matt Boxberger (left) enjoying a laugh with Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA (right)

Matt Boxberger (left) enjoying a laugh with Neil Lefmann, MAI, SRA (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Conference

Andrew Turner (left) and Norm Hulberg, MAI (right), provide a presentation on Eminent Domain at the 2014 Spring Conference

Andrew Turner (left) and Norm Hulberg, MAI (right), provide a presentation on Eminent Domain at the 2014 Spring Conference

Tim Runde, MAI, LEED, AP, presents on Green Building in California

Tim Runde, MAI, LEED, AP, presents on Green Building in California

Glenn M. Race, CRB, CRS, GRI, from Prudential California Realty shared residential market trends

Glenn M. Race, CRB, CRS, GRI, from Prudential California Realty shared residential market trends

Residential Tapas Recap from August 2013

Moss Landing event  MossLanding speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been to a lot of appraisal seminars and classes over the years, as a presenter and as an attendee. The recent Residential Tapas seminar was one of the the best, if not the best, I have ever attended.

That was by far the best seminar venue I have ever been to!!  I thought it was going to be like the old Marine Lab facilities next to the harbor – sorta funky but nice to be near the water and the boats. Also, the first time that  no one needed amplification, presenter or attendee, in that size room. The room size was good – not too small and not too large . I particularly like the table layout which made for more interaction among those at the table, both visual and chatting.

For me, as a presenter, I always like to hear attendees laughing. There was laughter throughout the day. The wide variety of topics, and the ” insider” knowledge of the presenters, were outstanding!!

I lived in Watsonville in the early 70s for 2 years and seldom saw the sun. I have been driving past this marine lab building for as long as it has existed and did not know about it. You can only see it on an aerial map. But, you need to go inside the Seminar Room to see what is fantastic there.

Unfortunately, there is not much networking at one day local seminars – most attendees go home or eat in their cars. The on-site lunch made a big difference. Plus, why would you leave that fantastic venue? The food was good also, another plus.

The Stars Were Aligned!!!

Ann O’Rourke, MAI, SRA, MBA

Appraiser and Publisher Appraisal Today

Vineyard Valuation Seminar Photos

Vineyard Tour Barrel Room

The Vineyard Valuation seminar was a full day event located at the Jamieson Ranch winery in Southern Napa County. Tony Correia, ARA, MRICS started off the day providing insight into the current market characteristics that influence vineyard prices and the methodology for valuing vineyards. Historic price trends and an overview of current vineyard sales showed where supply and demand have driven prices today. An overview of the approaches to value was also presented including how vineyards can be analyzed in terms of site components.

Rob McMillan, Executive Vice President of the winery division at Silicon Valley Bank presented the local influences that drive the demand for wine. This demand for wine is important to the vineyard valuation process as it can affect crop prices.

Lunch was prepared by the on-site chef and was complimented with wine. Most of the attendees sat outside and enjoyed the panoramic views…no sleeping after lunch and glass of wine though! Right after, we went on a vineyard and winery tour and not only learned the history of the facility but more importantly the specifics of the vineyard planting on site and the complexity that existing vineyard configurations can become if not planted appropriately for geographic location, soil type or buyer demand.

After the tour, Richard “Brock” Brockmeyer, a vineyard developer and consultant, further discussed the additional complexity when searching for a site to develop a vineyard for specific varietals of grapes. Brock has been monitoring weather patterns in specific wine grape growing areas on the West Coast for several decades and has authoritative insight on vineyard development. Brian Shepard, owner of Walsh Vineyard Management, discussed current trends in vineyard planting, management, maintenance, and insight into the new vine disease called Red Blotch.

The final part of the day was dedicated to a roundtable with users of vineyard appraisals. Dana Sexton Vivier with GI Partners is a current seller of vineyards; Erik Roget, ARA with UBS Agrivest is a buyer of farms; and Dorothy Bell, ARA, manages appraisals for Rabobank. Each provided insight about what they look for in a vineyard appraisal and what they expect the appraiser to be providing in a report.

We look forward to seeing you next year at this great seminar!

Daniel Brauning, SRA
Brauning Appraisals